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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, January 28. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

I Am The Night (TNT, 8 p.m., limited series premiere): The Venn diagram of people who might be interested in I Am The Night is pretty damned complicated. Did you like Monster and/or Wonder Woman, two very different films that have director Patty Jenkins in common? Might you be an ardent reader (or watcher, or listener) of true crime? Perhaps you enjoy James Ellroy? Is it a pleasure to spot titans of American theater doing their thing in movies or television (as is the case here, with Tony-winner Jefferson Mays)?


Maybe you just love Chris Pine, of the Hollywood Chrises. Who could blame you?

Pine is very good, as he so often is, in I Am The Night, which is inspired by the late Fauna Hodel’s book One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings Of Fauna Hodel. Fauna, here played by India Eisley, discovers the circumstances of her birth unexpectedly, and what she finds leads her to Los Angeles, where she encounters a relation: George Hodel, a physician later suspected of the Black Dahlia murder. Pine plays a reporter who’s, ah, not doing great. Noel Murray will check in on him and recap the proceedings.

Regular coverage

Arrow (The CW, 8 p.m.)

Wild card

Independent Lens, “The King” (PBS, 9 p.m.): Say, you all like Elvis? Here’s two hours of Elvis. PBS bills this installment of Independent Lens, its acclaimed series of feature documentaries, as “musical road trip and meditation on modern America.”

Yeah, that seems like a pretty apt description, actually.


Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.

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